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JUNE. 20.2008
Verbicide issue 24 is out now featuring fiction by longtime contributors Raegan Butcher and Christopher Staley. Featured interviews include We Are Scientists, Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, Olivia Munn, The Fashion, and The Briggs! This issue also features "The Modern Temper" column by Mark Huddle, Abstract Fantasy comics by Nate Pollard, a special photo exhibit by Shawn May, feature articles, music, book, and film reviews, and Larry Livermore's column "Beneath The BQE." Copies are available in the Scissor Press Online Store. Or, a subscription to Verbicide is a great value: four issues for $12!

MAY. 26.2008
The third volume of Verbicide New Sounds CD Sampler is available now exclusively at Newbury Comics! Newbury Comics is the largest independent music chain in the U.S., and they're distributing 1,000 copies of the sampler throughout their 27 different locations.

New Sounds CD Sampler Vol. 3 features more than an hour of music, and 20 tracks by performers such as The T4 Project, The Brew, Mike Patton, Girl In A Coma, SSSP, and many more! Supplies won't last long, so click here to locate a Newbury Comics near you.

MAR. 7.2008
The first-ever Verbicide Ear Candy MP3 Music Sampler will be available throughout the duration of SXSW 2008, which kicks off tonight in Austin, Texas! Two-thousand, five-hundred digital download cards will be handed out around Austin during SXSW by Shaw Promotion and Industrial Park Records street teamers, as well as at all Australian Cattle God and Industrial Park Records shows.

Ear Candy Vol. 1 features 23 downloadable tracks, and includes artists such as Neva Dinova, Atmosphere, John Biz, Good Times Crisis Band, Small Leaks Sink Ships, and many more. If you're down in Austin this week, keep an eye out for these new wallet-sized samplers.

MAR. 6.2008
Verbicide issue 23 is out now featuring fiction by Chicago legend Nelson Algren and old friend Raegan Butcher. Featured interviews include Neva Dinova, Uffie, Government Issue, filmmaker Uwe Boll, and The Donnas, who host our special feature on unsigned bands! This issue also features "The Modern Temper" column by Mark Huddle, Abstract Fantasy comics by Nate Pollard, music, book, and film reviews, and Larry Livermore's column "Beneath The BQE." Copies are available in the Scissor Press Online Store. Or, a subscription to Verbicide is a great value: four issues for $12!

FEB. 1.2008
Scissor Press is very happy to be releasing a super-limited edition CD by one of our longtime writers and friends, Raegan Butcher. The CD is a collection of 10 tracks performed by Raegan on vocals between 1986 and 1992 with his band, Pale & Skinny. The band features a rotating cast of members, of which Raegan is the sole performer to appear on all 10 tracks.

Pale & Skinny called the Olympia/Seattle region home for nearly a decade before disbanding. The recordings are old and a bit lo-fi, but the energy and talent of the band are undeniable. Not to mention, these are some catchy tunes; post-hardcore, pre-grunge sounds from a time and place that can never be replicated.

The tracklisting includes eight original songs, plus one live bonus version of the first track ("Bone Yard"), and an incredible live cover of Husker Du's "Data Control."

We are only pressing 200 copies. The CD costs $11.00 postage paid, and if you'd like to order a copy of RAEGAN BUTCHER: Pale & Skinny 1986 - 1992, please visit the Scissor Press Online Store to pay with a credit card or Paypal.

JAN. 7.2008
Calling all unsigned bands, musicans, rappers: be a part of Verbicideís Unsigned Issue, coming out in March 2008!

Verbicide Unsigned, a feature in the forthcoming 23rd issue, will focus on unsigned musicians, giving you a chance to be recognized as we profile some of the best unsigned bands nationwide. In the interest of covering a wide variety of music, Verbicide is hosting an open admissions process that will give everyone an opportunity. Any unsigned musician can apply and get a chance to be featured in Verbicide Unsigned. The admissions process will work in three parts:

1. Bands/Musicians will enter themselves for evaluation into a general pool. This general admissions process will last until January 18, after which no more submissions will be accepted.
2. Once the admissions process is over, a panel of Verbicide artists and writers will vote to narrow down the submissions and the chosen will be published in issue 23.
3. Spotlighted musicians in each genre may be contacted for additional materials (info clarification, band photos, etc.).

To apply, just follow the instructions below:

Email your submission formatted exactly as shown to unsigned@verbicidemagazine.com with your band name in the subject field of your email. No submission should exceed a combined 200 words.

Band/ Musician Name:
Band members:
Genre:
(please select a genre from the list below)
Alternative
Electronic
Reggae/dub
Experimental
Acoustic/Folk
Rock and Roll
Funk
Garage
Hardcore
Metal
Rap/Hip-hop
Indie
Soul/neo-soul
Pop
Punk
Ska
Website URL: (This can be a personal website or a social networking site like Myspace. The function of this field is to give our judges an opportunity to listen to your music so they can make their decisions)
Band Location: (Where you hail from)
Why youíre cool/What your music is like:
Key Songs:
(Songs that you think are most representative of your sound. Itíll just make things a bit easier for us.)

Now a few rules and regulations:
1. We are only accepting submissions from unsigned bands/musicians. If you self-publish your music under your own label, thatís fine, assuming youíre not a mid-sized indie label with many bands on your roster.
2. If you donít get into this issue, it doesnít necessarily mean you suck. It could be for a variety of reasons and we donít have the time to explain it to you in detail.
3. Musicians who donít follow the format weíve outlined will most likely be disqualified since we donít have the time or resources to correct the high number of submissions weíll likely get. Just follow the format and make it easy for everyone.
4. Please donít continue to contact us to make sure we received your submission or send us your submission multiple times in hopes of increasing your chances.

Deadline for submission is January 18.

DEC. 26.2007
We've recently revamped the Abstract Fantasy portion of the Scissor Press website. It doesn't have much content yet, but it looks pretty. So head on over, and buy a comic book or two. All proceeds go to author/illustrator Nate Pollard, which he uses to purchase canned fruit.

DEC. 10.2007
Verbicide issue 22 is out now featuring stories by legendary Beat author Jack Kerouac, Jeremy Robert Johnson, and Daniel Gascon. Featured interviews include Zach Galifiniakis, Flogging Molly, Spank Rock, Joe Lally, MC Frontalot, Kat Von D, and Angry Youth comix creator, Johnny Ryan. This issue also features "The Modern Temper" column by Mark Huddle, Abstract Fantasy comics by Nate Pollard, music, book, and film reviews, and much more! Copies are available in the Scissor Press Online Store. Or, a subscription to Verbicide is a great value: four issues for $12!

NOV. 21.2007
For the third straight year, Scissor Press will be attending Expozine, Montreal's annual small press, comic, and zine fair, on Saturday, November 24 and Sunday, November 25. The tabling takes place from noon until 6 p.m. on both days, and we'll be giving away tons of free magazines, CDs, and more. Nate Pollard will also be selling comics and his very own special homemade applejack moonshine. For more information, visit www.expozine.ca.

NOV. 5.2007
The Verbicide New Sounds CD Sampler Vol. 1 is available now exclusively at Newbury Comics! Newbury Comics is the largest independent music chain in the U.S., and they're distributing 1,000 copies of the sampler throughout their 27 different locations.

The first volume of the New Sounds CD Sampler features more than 70 minutes of music, and 25 tracks by performers such as Qui, The Beasts of Eden, John Biz, The Fire The Flood, The Chuck Dukowski Sextet, Girl In A Coma, Child Bite, and many more! Supplies won't last long, so click here to locate a Newbury Comics near you.

OCT. 22.2007
Congratulations to writers Mark Huddle and Kevin Munley on their nominations for the 2007 Pushcart Prize. Mark Huddle, the Editor of the National Affairs Desk, contributes the column Modern Temper to each issue of Verbicide. The edition that appeared in issue #20, an essay entitled "A War for Independence," has been selected for Pushcart consideration.

Kevin Munley's nominated short story,"Strangers on a Plane," appeared in Verbicide issue #19.

The Pushcart Prize - Best of the Small Presses series, published every year since 1976, is the most honored literary project in America. Hundreds of presses and thousands of writers of short stories, poetry, and essays have been represented in the pages of the annual collections. Writers who were first noticed by the Pushcart Prize include Raymond Carver, Tim OíBrien, Jayne Anne Phillips, Philip Lopate, John Irving, Philip Levine, and many more. For more information, visit www.pushcartprize.com.

SEPT. 7.2007
Verbicide issue 21 is out now featuring stories by Gonzo author Hunter S. Thompson and Raegan Butcher. Featured interviews include Beastie Boys, Unknown Instructors, the creators of Penny Arcade webcomic, Tegan & Sara, indie hip-hop mogul El-P, and talk show host Tom Green. This issue also features "The Modern Temper" column by Mark Huddle, Abstract Fantasy comics by Nate Pollard, music and film reviews, and much more! Copies are available in the Scissor Press Online Store. Or, a subscription to Verbicide is a great value: four issues for $12!

JULY 31.2007
A brief interview with Verbicide staff illustrator Mike Twohig has been recently posted at the Fish & Crown Records website. To read it, click here.

JUNE 9.2007
Author Jeremy Robert Johnson will once again represent Scissor Press at the Portland Zine Symposium in 2007. The PZS will be held on August 11 and 12 on the campus of Portland State University, and Jeremy will be giving away copies of Verbicide and selling books. For more information, visit www.pdxzines.com.

JUNE 3.2007
Verbicide issue 20, a special "Women In Arts" edition, will be released June 11th featuring fiction by Beat Generation author Diane di Prima and Julieta Garcia Gonzalez. Featured interviews include Joan Jett, Margaret Cho, Blonde Redhead, Psalm One, and Lost Girls author, Melinda Gebbie. This issue also features "The Modern Temper" column by Mark Huddle, Abstract Fantasy comics by Nate Pollard, music, film, and book reviews, and tons of profiles of women in music! Copies are available in the Scissor Press Online Store. Or, a subscription to Verbicide is a great value: four issues for $12!

MAR. 23.2007
In addition to fiction and interviews, Verbicide Magazine and VerbicideMagazine.com are now open to receiving column submissions. We plan to begin publishing guest columnists online and in print beginning this summer. Word count can range from 500 words (minimum) to 2500 words (maximum) and must be completed and edited upon submission, just as you'd submit a piece of fiction. Though we will gladly be open and receptive to folks who want to pitch a column idea previous to writing it, we cannot make any promises that we will be able to place the column upon completion.

Please direct all submissions to Jackson Ellis and Nate Pollard at verbicidemagazine@hotmail.com.

One last thing to note; our forthcoming 20th issue (due out in June) is going to be a themed issue focusing on women in the arts and music.

MAR. 12.2007
Verbicide issue 19 will be released March 12th featuring fiction by Kevin Munley, Kris Sevillena, Liliana Blum, and legendary American author John Fante. Featured interviews include Darryl Jenifer of Bad Brains, Kool Keith, Against Me!, The Shins, and Kevin Munroe, director of the new TMNT movie. This issue also features another installment of "The Modern Temper" by Mark Huddle, "Bands On The Rise," our new fashion section, Abstract Fantasy comics by Nate Pollard, music, film, and book reviews, and much more! Copies are available in the Scissor Press Online Store. Or, a subscription to Verbicide is a great value: four issues for $12!

JAN. 11.2007
Jeremy Robert Johnson, a frequent contributor of fiction to Verbicide, has been named as one of three panelists in the 2007 Fall of Autumn Annual Short Story Contest, along with Dan Halligan and Robyn Charles. The contest is open to all fiction and non-fiction, previously published or not. The contest will run until February 28, 2007. There will be a first, second, and third place prize: first place will be featured in a future edition of the Fall of Autumn print quarterly, and all three winners will be republished to fallofautumn.com. First through third will also receive gift certificates, zine grab bags, and handmade journals by Robyn Charles. Entries are submitted by posting to the 2007 Fall of Autumn Forum.

NOV. 21.2006
Scissor Press will once again be attending Expozine, Montreal's annual small press, comic, and zine fair, on Saturday, November 25. The tabling takes place from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m., and we'll be giving away free magazines, baking tips, and relationship advice. Nate Pollard will also be selling comics and kisses. For more information, visit www.expozine.ca.

NOV. 7.2006
Verbicide issue 18 is out now featuring fiction by Raegan Butcher, Christopher Staley, Jeremy Robert Johnson, and Kevin Munley. Featured interviews include The Mars Volta, Lupe Fiasco, Frank Welker and Billy West, Rise Against, and David Rees. Plus, this issue features another installment of "The Modern Temper" by Mark Huddle, "Bands On The Rise," a look at the new Flogging Molly album, Abstract Fantasy comics by Nate Pollard, music, film, and book reviews, and much more! Copies are available in the Scissor Press Online Store. Or, a subscription to Verbicide is a great value: four issues for $12!

NOV. 6.2006
The first-ever Verbicide Showcase will take place at The Knitting Factory in New York City on Sunday, November 19! Join us for an evening of music and free copies of Verbicide issue 18, plus free stickers and other giveaways. The event cover charge is $10, and the lineup is as follows:
8 PM: Negmaron and Split Personality
9 PM: Bamboo Shoots
10 PM: Clara Lofaro
For more information, visit www.knittingfactory.com. Hope to see you there!

SEPT. 9.2006
Scissor Press will be in attendance at the 2006 Philly Zine Fest on Sunday, September 24. The tabling takes place from noon until 6 p.m., and we will be there giving away tons of free copies of Verbicide and other stuff. The fair takes place at The Rotunda at 4014 Walnut Street, and admission is free. For more information, visit www.philadelphiazinefest.com.

AUG. 22.2006
We are proud to announce that our new online zine, VerbicideMagazine.com, has officially launched. As an Internet companion to the print version of Verbicide, we are excited to begin offering more excellent music coverage, interviews, fiction, and art features. We plan to update VerbicideMagazine.com frequently with exclusive content, and also offer sneak-peeks to the latest print edition.

JULY 7.2006
Verbicide issue 17 is out now featuring fiction by Kris Sevillena, Raegan Butcher, Sean Carswell, and Sam J. Miller. Featured interviews include pornstar Tera Patrick and her husband, Evan Seinfeld (of Biohazard fame), plus Anti-Flag, Henry Rollins, Mary Timony, Lacuna Coil, and Armalite. Plus, this issue features another installation of Mark Huddle's "Modern Temper" column, Abstract Fantasy comics by Nate Pollard, music, film, and book reviews, and much more! Copies are available in the Scissor Press Online Store.

AUG. 8.2006
Author Jeremy Robert Johnson will once again represent Scissor Press at the Portland Zine Symposium in 2006. The PZS will be held on August 11, 12, and 13 on the campus of Portland State University, and Jeremy will be giving away hundreds of copies of Verbicide and selling copies of his books. For more information, visit www.pdxzines.com.

MAR. 9.2006
Verbicide issue 16 is out now featuring fiction by Kris Sevillena, Jeremy Robert Johnson, Agent Automatic, and Asher Ellis. Featured interviews include Saul Williams, Gorillaz, Bayside, Wonder Showzen, and Western Addiction. Plus, this issue features artwork by Amy Connor, a look at the Suicide Girls' Black Heart Retrospective, Abstract Fantasy comics by Nate Pollard, music, film, and book reviews, and much more! Copies are available in the Scissor Press Online Store.

MAR. 3.2006
Jackson Ellis, Asher Ellis (Blueboy Entertainment), Mark Huddle, and others will be attending and leading workshops at the The Bonaventure Arts & Media Fair (BAM), a two-day event on April 21 and 22 at St. Bonaventure University in St. Bonaventure, New York. There will be workshops and conferences covering many different facets of independent media, plus live music performances. For more information visit www.myspace.com/bamfair.

JAN. 20.2006
ScissorPress.com is five years old today. If you feel like getting all nostaligic, click here to see a screenshot of the website's original design in January 2001, by Douglas Novielli. The website has undergone many changes over the years, but this was still a cool looking design.

JAN. 14.2006
If you haven't yet noticed it, there is a new section here on the ScissorPress.com mainpage entitled "Online." From now on, we will be posting features from new issues of Verbicide Magazine for our online readers. This allows us to expand our audience, and introduce new visitors to a sampling of what can be expected in our print publication. The first feature we are posting is an interview with Chuck D of Public Enemy, conducted by Avir Mitra, excerpted from Verbicide issue 15.

JAN. 2.2006
Happy New Year! There is a new interview with publisher Jackson Ellis posted at the online Canadian lit-zine, The Danforth Review. The interview was conducted by author Nathaniel G. Moore of Notho Entertainment.

We are hard at work on a new issue of Verbicide, due out in early March. This upcoming issue will be a complete relaunch of the magazine, with a new design, new features, and a new distributor--keep checking back for updates!

DEC. 5.2005
Call for entries: Allen Harrison of Friction Magazine is organizing the DIY: "Design It Yourself" Exhibition that will take place from February 18 to March 12, 2006 at the Maryland Institute College of Art. The exhibit at MICA will allow participants to try their hand at designing a business card, printing a shirt, creating a zine, making a button, and more.

Allen is seeking submissions to display at the exhibition, such as posters, t-shirts, zines, and more. The deadline to submit two non-returnable display items is February 1, 2006. For more information, click here or email allen@frictionmagazine.com.

DEC. 3.2005
An interview with publisher Jackson Ellis aired on Wednesday, November 30th on Montreal's CKUT 90.3 FM. An MP3 of the show featuring the interview--recorded live on November 26 at the Expozine--can be streamed or downloaded to your computer or Ipod from the CKUT Programming Archive. Use the drop-down box to find "The Wednesday Morning After" show, and select November 30. The interview begins about 38 minutes into the program, but the entire show is very good, and features a number of question-and-answer sessions with independent media figures from Canada and the U.S.

NOV. 4.2005
Verbicide issue 15 is out now featuring fiction by Raegan Butcher, Jeremy Robert Johnson, Joe Meno, and Rick Jankowski. Featured interviews include Chuck D of Public Enemy, Kim Coletta of Jawbox/DeSoto Records, comic author Jim Mahfood, and Simon Brody of Drowningman. Plus, this issue features artwork by Erin Hewgley, Abstract Fantasy comics by Nate Pollard, a comedy piece by Louis Ferrara, music, film, and book reviews, and much more! Copies are available in the Scissor Press Online Store. Or, a subscription to Verbicide is a great value: four issues for $12!

NOV. 1.2005
Scissor Press's Nate Pollard and Jackson Ellis will be attending Expozine 2005, Montreal's 4th Annual Small Press, Comic, and Zine Fair, on Saturday, November 26. The tabling takes place from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m., and we will be there giving away tons of free copies of the new issue of Verbicide, plus we'll be selling CDs, Abstract Fantasy Comics, drugs, and other cool stuff! For more information, visit www.expozine.ca.

OCT. 24.2005
For all you fans of Nate Pollard's dark humor comic series, Abstract Fantasy, we've got some good news--the Abstract Fantasy page is operational! You've been following the maniacal adventures of Jakes, Drak, Muff, Quazar, and Dopey the Duck for three years in the pages of Verbicide, and now you have a chance to purchase copies of each AF comic book directly from the author for only a couple bucks. So check out the Abstract Fantasy page for info on the entire series and to purchase a copy or two.

OCT. 22.2005
Congratulations to writers Jeremy Robert Johnson and Kris Sevillena on their nominations for the 2006 Pushcart Prize! The nominated short stories, Johnson's "Snowfall" and Sevillena's "Two At The Factory," both appeared in issue #13 of Verbicide.

The Pushcart Prize - Best of the Small Presses series, published every year since 1976, is the most honored literary project in America. Hundreds of presses and thousands of writers of short stories, poetry, and essays have been represented in the pages of the annual collections. Writers who were first noticed by the Pushcart Prize include Raymond Carver, Tim OíBrien, Jayne Anne Phillips, Philip Lopate, John Irving, Philip Levine, and many more. For more information, visit www.pushcartprize.com.

OCT. 18.2005
The long-awaited benefit CD compilation for the National Association to Protect Children is finally here! Released by Fat Wreck Chords and spearheaded by Vanessa Burt at Fat and Jackson Ellis at Scissor Press, the CD contains 26 tracks from 26 bands including Coalesce, NOFX, The Mishaps, Jawbreaker, Western Addiction, Hot Cross, Bars, and tons more! Copies are available at your local record stores, or, better yet, you can buy it directly from us for only $6 in the Scissor Press Online Store.

SEPT. 14.2005
Frequent Verbicide contributor and music reviewer Mark Huddle has taken the reigns of the popular political and cultural weblog Stuck In The Middle With You. SITMWY is looking for contributors to their collective of "insomniatic dread pirates," so be sure to check it out at www.fairtomiddling.blogspot.com.

SEPT. 7.2005
We're hard at work on issue 15 of Verbicide, due out on November 4! This upcoming issue will feature interviews with Chuck D of Public Enemy, Kim Coletta of Jawbox and DeSoto Records, Simon Brody from Drowningman, plus fiction by Raegan Butcher, Jeremy Robert Johnson, Joe Meno, Rick Jankowski, and a lot more!

Also, a joint effort between Jackson Ellis of Scissor Press and Vanessa Burt of Fat Wreck Chords has finally come to fruition. A 26-song compilation CD entitled "Protect: A Benefit for the National Association to Protect Children" will be released on October 18, 2005 by Fat Wreck Chords. For more information, visit the new Scissor Press Records page.

Lastly, if you haven't yet donated, please consider helping both people and animals affected by Hurricane Katrina by giving to The Red Cross and The Humane Society.

JULY 20.2005
Author Jeremy Robert Johnson will be representing Scissor Press at the Portland Zine Symposium 2005. The PZS will be held on August 5, 6, and 7 at the Smith Memorial Center Ballroom on the campus of Portland State University, and Jeremy will be giving away copies of the latest issue of Verbicide, as well as regaling Symposium-goers with wild tales and crackpot conspiracy theories. He will also surely have copies of his newest books on hand. For more information, visit www.pdxzines.com.

JULY 4.2005
Verbicide issue 14 is out now featuring fiction by Christopher Staley, Thomas Matera, Vladik Cervantes, and Johnny Ostentatious. Featured interviews include Autolux, Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney, comic author/musician James Kochalka, and Beano of Irish punks Blood Or Whiskey. Plus, this issue has a double-cover featuring artwork by Michael Twohig and photography by Cayte Nobles, Abstract Fantasy comics By Nate Pollard, poetry by Raegan Butcher, music, film, and book reviews, and much more! Copies are available in the Scissor Press Online Store. Or, a subscription to Verbicide is a great value: four issues for $12!

JUNE 27.2005
Author and poet Raegan Butcher, a frequent contributor to Verbicide, has just had his second book of poetry published. Rusty String Quartet is a massive 340-page collection of over 260 poems, bursting with cynicism, desperation, and humorous observation. Butcher is the Bukowski of our generation, and this is a poetry collection that should not be missed. Each copy was produced with a fine hand-printed, letter-pressed cover and endsheets, and is available for only $10 postage-paid from BuyOlympia.com.

JUNE 14.2005
Call for entries: Jason J. Marchi, former contributing editor to Verbicide Magazine, is currently accepting submissions for three thematic short story and poetry combination anthologies: Automobilia, Train Stories, and Deadly Dolls. Published and unpublished writers are encouraged to submit for consideration by December 31, 2005. Please click here for submission guidelines and pay rates.

JUNE 6.2005
For the second year in a row, Scissor Press will have a table at the Allied Media Conference at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. The conference takes place on Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19, and the attendees for Scissor Press will most likely be Jackson Ellis, Mark Huddle, Agent Automatic, and Leanne O'Connor. Pre-registration for the event is taking place now, and if you can make it out, be sure to say hello! We will be giving out free magazines, CDs, and other goodies all weekend long.

APRIL 13.2005
Welcome to the brand new ScissorPress.com! As you may have noticed, the site has undergone a complete overhaul by Nate Pollard. In the coming weeks we will continue making upgrades to the entire site, with a comprehensive "About" section, a revamped Scissor Press Records site, and a new site for Nate's comic series, "Abstract Fantasy."

On an entirely unrelated note, one of Verbicide's frequent fiction contributors, Jeremy Robert Johnson, has just had his first short story collection, Angel Dust Apocalypse, published by Eraserhead Press. Simply put, the book is an amazing, gripping, disturbing piece of work, and comes highly recommended. It is available for less than $9 from Amazon.com!

FEB. 18.2005
Scissor Press now has a MySpace page! Visit it at www.myspace.com/scissorpress and be sure to add us to your friends list!

FEB. 15.2005
Verbicide issue 13 is at the printers and will be available on March 4. This is, in my opinion, our strongest issue yet! It features fiction by Christopher Staley, Jeremy Robert Johnson, Kris Sevillena, and Eddie Willson. Featured on the cover is Ian MacKaye of Minor Threat and Fugazi fame, who discussed with us his new band, The Evens. Also featured are interviews with Tim Kerr of the Big Boys, Chet Weise of the Immortal Lee County Killers, Amy Schroeder, publisher of Venus, New Haven grafitti artist REO, plus artwork by Michael Twohig, Abstract Fantasy comics by Nate Pollard, poetry, record reviews, and more! The design has once again been improved by Nate Pollard and I think everyone who's been following Verbicide over the years is in for a nice surprise.

Copies of issue 13 are available for pre-order in the Scissor Press Online Store. Or, as always, a subscription to Verbicide is a great value: four issues for $12!

NOV. 10.2004
Verbicide issue 12 is in stores now! This issue features fiction by Nancy Dafoe, Christopher Staley, Joshua Landers, and Jenn Dauphinais, and interviews with musician/label-heads Greg Ginn of Black Flag and SST Records, Mike Park of Asian Man Records and the Plea For Peace Foundation, and Dave Crider of Estrus Records and the Mono Men. Issue 12 also features a cover photo by Cayte Nobles, a photography gallery by Leslie Kuo, artwork by Michael Twohig, Abstract Fantasy and Frontline comics by Nate Pollard, and a poetry gallery including Raegan Butcher, plus much more! This is the first issue to be released since Verbicide was picked up by Disticor Magazine Distribution Services, and the whole magazine has been redesigned by Nate Pollard.

Copies of issue 12 are available in the Scissor Press Online Store. Or, subscribe to Verbicide and receive four issues for only $12!

AUG. 24.2004
Scissor Press has signed with Disticor Magazine Distribution Services. Beginning with the next issue, Disticor will handle all of the national and international distribution of Verbicide Magazine. It is very exciting to be working with such an accomplished and reputable distribution company, as they will ensure that Verbicide's reach in the market will continue to extend to new outlets, and that our press run will continue to grow! Issue #12 of Verbicide was originally scheduled to be out in late September, but will now be released November 5. This will allow Disticor and Scissor Press enough time to make sure this next issue will blow you away. Plus, we will be relaunching the magazine with a new look, complete with a new logo and the amazing graphic design of Nathaniel Pollard, who has been responsible for the cover layouts of Verbicide since issue 8. Keep checking back here for continued updates!

JULY 26.2004
More shameless self-promotion...I have a piece of short fiction entitled "Cory's Canteen" published in the current issue of Broken Pencil Magazine. Broken Pencil, based out of Toronto, Ontario, is the leading zine culture magazine, and they've always been one of my favorite independent reads. Broken Pencil #25 is in stores now, so be sure to check it out!

In other news, Verbicide issue #12, originally scheduled to be released on September 17, will be out a bit late this year--most likely around October 20. This is due to many things, most notably that we are attempting to upgrade our distribution and the overall visual image of Verbicide. Though the next issue will be out later than originally planned, we are hard at work making sure it will be great! Features will include fiction by Kris Sevillena, Nancy Dafoe, Joshua Landers, and Jenn Dauphinais, plus interviews with Mike Park of Asian Man Records, Dave Crider of Estrus Records/Mono Men/Dt's, and much more!

JUNE 27.2004
There is an interview with yours truly featured for the month of July at SubtleTea.com. SubtleTea.com is an online lit-zine, and the creator of the site, David Herrle, emailed me some really good questions. If you're interested in reading it, click here.

Also noteworthy is that last weekend, June 19 and 20, I went to the Allied Media Conference in Bowling Green, Ohio. I met tons of really nice people, gave away hundreds of copies of Verbicide, and also received some great advice from other zinesters. Oh, and one other thing--I saw Ian MacKaye's new band, The Evens, perform. It's actually just him on baritone guitar and Amy Farina (formerly of The Warmers) on drums. Anyway, they are an amazing duo, and you can download one of their songs, On The Face Of It, from protest-records.com.

JUNE 8.2004
Verbicide issue 11 is currently #6 on the Interpunk.com Top 10 Zine Best-seller list, trailing only five different issues of AMP Magazine (and rating just ahead of the latest issue of Alternative Press!). This is the highest any issue of Verbicide has ever reached in the Interpunk Top 10. Still, you can buy copies from us just as easily in the Scissor Press Online Store--and help us by sending us the money instead!

A side note to all US subscribers, writers, and advertisers: we ran into a problem this past month with our new bulk mail permit. However, it has been remedied, and all magazines have been shipped, so keep your eyes peeled! If you haven't received your copies yet, you will very soon.

MAY 14.2004
Verbicide issue 11 has been printed and shipped, and will be in stores May 17! This great issue features fiction by Jeremy Robert Johnson, Brian Boyd, B. Brandon Barker, and Ben Fowlkes, interviews with Descendents, Tiger Army, and The Shins, photography by Leanne O'Connor and Cayte Nobles, poetry by Jason J. Marchi, plus tons of reviews, Bands on the Rise, Nate Pollard's "Abstract Fantasy" comics, and a special report entitled "Bill Shields: The SEAL Who Never Was" by Seth Gotro. Purchase a copy now in the Scissor Press Online Store, or subscribe and get four issues for only $12!

The contact info page has been updated to include more articulate submission guidelines. Please be aware when you submit that it takes time to reply to everyone, so please be patient!

MAY 5.2004
For the first time in three years, Scissor Press will have a table at the Allied Media Conference at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. The conference takes place the weekend of June 18-20, though I'm pretty sure I'll only be able to attend on Saturday the 19th. Regardless, I'll be there to give away a bunch of free copies of Verbicide. It's sure to be a good time, and there's always a lot of interesting people to meet, so if you have the means, I suggest heading out. Be sure to stop by the Scissor Press table and say "hi."

APRIL 14.2004
Issue 1 of Boston Heights is out now, featuring cover stories on Dido, Boston bands Dropkick Murphys and Darkbuster, the 50th Anniversary Playboy Club Tour, plus record and restaurant reviews, a new comic, "Frontline," by Abstract Fantasy creator Nate Pollard, and more! Free copies of this 11,400 press run magazine are available at hundreds of locations in Boston, Brighton, Allston, Cambridge, and Brookline. Or, you can buy a copy for just one dollar at the Scissor Press Online Store. Issue 2 will be out in early June.

Lastly, Scissor Records' own The Mishaps are preparing for the nationwide summer tour they will embark upon in July and August 2004. Dates will be posted soon! Copies of their must-have debut CDEP, Get Away Volume, are available for only $6 at the Scissor Press Online Store. You won't find this CD anywhere else this cheap! Take a listen to a couple sample MP3s at themishaps.scissorpress.com, their temporary web site until MishapsRock.com is relaunched.

MAR. 6.2004
On April 12, 2004, Scissor Press will launch our newest magazine, Boston Heights. This bi-monthly magazine will become a new entertainment source for the Hub, and 11,400 copies will be freely distributed throughout hundreds of drop-spots in the Greater Boston area. The magazine will feature reviews of records, shows, restaurants, and movies, plus interviews and articles with musicians and celebrities pertaining to Boston nightlife. For more information on Boston Heights, email Jackson Ellis at BostonHeights@scissorpress.com.

In other news, Verbicide issue 11 is due out May 17, and it is well underway! This upcoming issue will include interviews with Milo Aukerman of the Descendents, James Mercer of The Shins, fiction by Jeremy Robert Johnson and Jason J. Marchi, and a tons of other great things. It is shaping up to be one of our best issues yet. Issue 10 is still available, as are other back issues and subscriptions! Visit the Scissor Press Online Store to purchase any of these items!

One last item to note: fiction submissions for Verbicide issue 11 are now closed. If you have fiction you'd like to submit, please wait until May, when we start planning for issue 12, due out in September. Thanks!

FEB. 5.2004
The Scissor Press Online Store is now up and running! Currently, you can buy back issues of Verbicide and Excommunication, as well as Get Away Volume by The Mishaps and Scissor Press canvas patches.

FEB. 2.2004
Issue 10 of Verbicide Magazine is now available! This issue features an interview with author Dennis Lehane, acclaimed author of Mystic River. Also featured are interviews with the Stern brothers of Youth Brigade and Mike McColgan of Street Dogs (formerly of Dropkick Murphys), fiction by Kris Sevillena, Christopher Staley, Mark Huddle, Seth Swaaley, and Jason J. Marchi, poetry by Christopher Connal, Raegan Butcher, Seth Gotro, and Fredric Sinclair, plus comics by Nate Pollard, artwork by Lynn Ciecierski, record and book reviews, photography, and more!

Subscriptions are available online with a credit card, and the cost is only $12 for four issues (a 25% savings). Click here to subscribe!

JAN. 28.2004
The "Back Issues" section of the Verbicide Magazine website is now complete with information about every issue, plus ordering information!

JAN. 27.2004
Suburban Home Records, one of Scissor Press's allies and friends (and a major distributor and supporter of our zines), is in financial dire straits and needs your help! Posted below is an excerpt from a letter sent out from Suburban Home's founder, Virgil Dickerson:

Dear Friends,
Iím writing this letter today out of necessity. For all those that know me, I am not the type of person that enjoys discussing the day to day finances of my business, so please know that I would not be approaching you if it was not due to a dire situation.
As the retail music industry continues to go through hard times, we have just been informed this week that our biggest record distributor will be sending us a substantial retail return. This is the second return in two months, and they total $40,000. Without getting into specifics, this means that we will not be expecting a payment for quite some time.
For an independent business like mine, this could prove to be the end of Suburban Home if we donít do something about it. Imagine if your household did not receive any income for three months.
To get to the point, we need your help. We need to raise $20,000 over the next month and a half, or Suburban Home could be forced to close. This means that if 400 of you can find it in your hearts to each spend around $50 on our compact discs, t-shirts, and zines,(we are always adding new merch and records to our site) this would be enough to get us through this hard time. Also, there will be a series of benefit shows to save Suburban Home, and I want to thank all the bands that have already agreed to donate their time and talent.
The future of Suburban Home Records is bright if we can get through this. We have so many great releases planned in the near future including new records by The Gamits, Planes Mistaken For Stars, Stereotyperider, Mike Park, Laymen Terms, Adventures of Jet, and others. Our distributed labels (Negative Progression, Fastmusic, Double Zero, Law of Inertia, Goodfellow, Attention Deficit Disorder, Dying Wish, Soda Jerk, Status, and Grey Flight) will also be releasing new independent music this year, and I would hate to see this be the end of our relationship together.
In closing, if you could find it in your hearts to help us out, we will be forever in your service.
On behalf of everyone at Suburban Home Records and myself,

Your friend through music,
Virgil Dickerson

To purchase some great, affordable music from Suburban Home, click here, or click the banner at the top of the website.